Whether you’re out for a celebration or just enjoying the end of a work week, a margarita can go a long way towards refreshing your spirit. The state of Iowa has many great authentic and inspired Mexican restaurants to enjoy, so it should be no surprise that finding a quality margarita is not hard to do. Whether you are looking for some traditional flavors that never treat you wrong, or something with a more unique flavor, you’ll find that and much more at these 10 best places for margaritas in Iowa.
Recently redecorated and always furnishing some of the best margaritas, El Banditos of Iowa City is a hip establishment on the Northside of downtown. Also featuring hand-rolled tacos, enchiladas and burritos, everything at Banditos, including the margaritas, are made fresh and with quality ingredients. Whether it’s for a full meal, or a tasty evening drink, you’ll find the full experience at this local Mexican restaurant.
With many delicious reasons to visit, Nachos Tequilas of Clive serves some of the best margaritas in the Des Moines metro. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas and more can be found at Nachos Tequilas, as well as a wide variety of margarita drinks including strawberry, mango, peach and the always-favorite House Margarita. Check out this fun eating establishment Monday through Thursday for $2.99 lime margaritas all day.
As the largest Mexican restaurant in Cedar Rapids, El Paraiso encourages customers to cha cha in for some authentic cuisine. Alongside a long menu of delicious flavors and entrees, El Paraiso hooks it up with uniquely concocted margaritas straight from a wooden barrel. One is enough to have some fun at El Paraiso, and two go well with a full meal from off the menu.
Delivering on all sorts of great tastes and a comfortable atmosphere, this Coralville cantina also supplies the fun in the form of a long drink menu. Featuring many different flavors ranging from lime to cherry-pomegranate, including the house-special Casa Azul Margarita, this local favorite also features Beergaritas, daiquiris and a premium selection of liquor and cocktails.
As a proud purveyor of authentic Mexican food, you better believe that La Casa Tequila serves up their margaritas fresh and full of flavor. From 12-ounce personal tastes to 60-ounce pitchers made to share, you choose the tequila and flavor at La Casa Tequila, and the bar and kitchen does the rest. With plenty of great entrees, lunch and appetizer options to pair with your cold drink, plus a great atmosphere, and La Casa Tequila proves to be a great spot kick back and enjoy yourself.
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First opening in Davenport in 2004, Los Agaves proved to be so delicious and popular that they now operate four different stores in the Quad Cities, plus an additional spot in Iowa City. The reason for the expansions of this family owned business can be found on their menu, including a generous margarita selection. Featuring classic margaritas served in sizes like small, jumbo, monster and pitcher, this locally favorite Mexican establishment also features house-special margaritas with a variety of high-end tequila.
With three locations in the Des Moines metro, including Urbandale and Clive, there is three excellent chances to enjoy an excellent margarita (or two). Served frozen or on the rocks, the margaritas at El Rodeo range from regular to monster and includes the El Rodeo Margarita, a house-special concoction that will have you coming back for more. Everything on the menu pairs nicely with the drink selections, and the welcoming atmosphere encourages you to stay in your seat awhile and enjoy your meal.
With two locations in Dubuque and another across state borders in Galena, there is ample opportunity to enjoy some authentic Mexican cuisine and margaritas at Los Aztecas. Featuring a long list of cold drinks, including a well recommended house margarita, the authentic food is another good reason to visit this family owned eatery. Fun for a full meal or just some appetizers, the welcoming ambiance of all three locations encourages everyone to stay awhile and enjoy themselves.
While you can’t go wrong with any of the lunch, appetizer or entree orders from Viva Mexican Restaurant, if you are looking for a great margarita (or any specialty drink), their cantina is where you want to be. Featuring traditional flavors and new ones like a jalapeno margarita or lemonade margarita, you simply cannot go wrong with the $4.50 house margarita.
Ranch Okoboji is a popular vacation spot for many reasons. Filled with family fun activities like mini-golf, arrowhead mining and a Whispering Wind flag store, one great reason to visit for those 21 and older is the in-house Margarita’s Bar. With a full-service selection and tropical theme, much of the fun is derived from this local spot not from the ice-cold glasses, but the fun people who share a drink together.